KB’s BOT- Choco Chip Cookies 1

1. My Favourite Cookie Recipe

Have you heard about my BOT (pronounced B O T, BO-T or BOT) I am on my quest to test three recipes of a classic bake to find the Best of Three. I will test the following: 1) my favourite recipe 2) the glutton’s recipe and 3) a classic recipe. For KB’s first BOT I will be seeking out the ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe starting with my favourite recipe by Rachel Allen.

This recipe is from her book Bake and is about as simple as it gets with four ingredients; butter, sugar, flour & chocolate. The ingredients come together to make melt-in-your-mouth, buttery, almost shortbready cookies. These always go down well with my pals. I have made a couple of variations including, orange choco-chip, reese’s pieces and lemon & crystallised ginger!

This week has been very exciting for KB.eats. I have been invited to attend a cookery class at Underground Cookery School in East London AND I got asked to review an easter egg “Eco Egg”! So watch this space!
I can’t believe it’s already March! This means spring is coming soon, which means summer is just around the corner woohooo! I can’t wait for the summer! I will be kicking off my summer with a trip to Glastonbury. Yesssssssssss. I have been to a few festivals in my time and I can tell you, hands down, Glastonbury is THE BEST festival in the universe. But enough about that. Let’s talk about these cookies.

I am going to be judging the BOT’s on Taste, Texture and Technique. By technique I mean, how easy the recipe is to follow and how fussy it is. I couldn’t think of a better work and I love a bit of alliteration! After testing all three recipes I will combine my favourite elements from each recipe to make the ultimate cookie. (Hopefully)

As a rule I don’t use chocolate chips but good quality chocolate chopped up!

Taste 3/5
These cookies were chocolatey, they were buttery, they were nice. You know when you describe someone as nice, it’s a bit of a backhanded compliment. It’s not really an insult but at the same time you are kind of saying they are a bit boring. Sure they are nice but there is nothing more to them. That’s how I feel about these cookies. Now I said this was my favourite recipe, in all honesty I haven’t tried many others so that would probably be why. Plus the ease of making probably influenced my decision. Also also, these do the trick. You want a cookie and a cookie is what you get. But I want more. 

Texture 2½/5
As I previously mentioned, these cookies have a shortbready quality to them. They crumble and melt in your mouth which is delightful. However, it’s not necessarily a cookie quality. When you think cookie you probably think chewy, therefore I could not score the texture of this particular cookie any higher. Sorry Rachel.

Technique 5/5
This is the easiest cookie recipe ever. I would recommend it to anyone who fancies baking something quick and easy. Like I said before, you can add whatever flavours you fancy. Go wild!

Overall:  3/5 
What this cookie lacks in texture it makes up for in how easy it is to make. As a cookie it is average, not top of the class. But, as a quick and easy biscuit, it does a darn good job. 

Recipe 

This recipe is Rachel Allen’s from her book Bake. As always, I added less sugar!
Serves: 16 cookies
Prep Time: 10mins
Cooking Time: 12-15mins
Skill Level: Easy like a Sunday morning (I made them on a Sunday morning as well and it was easy)
Equipment
Mixing bowl
Chopping board & knife (if chopping chocolate)
Baking tray (lined with baking parchment)
Ingredients
225g butter (softened)
100g caster sugar
275g plain flour
125g chocolate (chips or chopped. I used a bit of dark and a bit of milk)

Method


  • Preheat oven to 170c/150c fan/Gas 3 and line baking tray. 
  • Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Add flour and combine ingredients until it resembles a crumbly dough. (Don’t worry, it won’t come together in one big ball but can be squashed together when you form the cookies.)
  • Add the chocolate and mix into dough. (Make sure the chocolate is spread, you don’t want chocolate-less cookies).
  • Roll about 1-2tsp of dough into a ball, place on tray and flatten slightly. 
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 12-15mins until cookies are slightly golden.
  • Transfer baking parchment directly onto cooling rack and leave to cool completely. (if you try pick them up before cooling they will crumble and break!)

 

IN THE WORDS OF THE COOKIE MONSTER “ME EAT COOKIE”

 

 
 
 
Today’s tune is an instrumental number brought to you by Portico Quartet
 

KB x

 

 

 



 

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